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Nordea Bank Danmark provides debt financing for Synsam acquisition

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Nordea Bank Danmark A/S has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling in connection with the debt financing of SEK 460,000,000 of Synsam Service AB´s acquisition of Synsam optician stores throughout Sweden. The investors are Alipes AB and the selling store owners.

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Södra acquires wood processing companies from Rörvik Timber

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Södra Timber in its acquisition of Rörvik Timber’s pressure treatment plant in Åstorp. The company currently has an annual production permit for 150,000 cubic metres of pressure-treated timber.

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Unique co-operation on environmental cars: Volvo Cars and Vattenfall to develop new plug-in hybrid

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Vattenfall and the Volvo Car Corporation are launching an industrial joint venture partnership to introduce plug-in hybrids on the market. The technology will considerably lower the environmental impact from traffic.

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Mannheimer Swartling has advised Gamla Livförsäkringsaktiebolaget

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Gamla Livförsäkringsaktiebolaget SEB Trygg Liv enters property management agreement with Aberdeen Property Investors AB

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Shine Group acquires Metronome Film & Television from Schibsted

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Shine Group has acquired Metronome Film & Television, the Nordic region’s largest and most pre-eminent production group, responsible for a string of hit programmes, for SEK 719 million

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Crawford & Company executes global restructuring

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Crawford & Company on corporate legal matters and transactions relating to a reorganisation and restructuring of its operations in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

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Telenor and Tele2 to build joint 4G network

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Telenor Sweden in establishing a joint venture with Tele2 Sweden to build and operate a 4G network. Telenor and Tele2 will be equal partners in the joint venture, Net4Mobility. The agreement also comprises spectrum sharing in the 900MHz and 2600MHz frequency bands, creating superior conditions for a nationwide 4G network in Sweden

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Securitas AB updates its Euro Medium Term Note Programme and issues 4-year bond

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has assisted Securitas in the update of its 1,5 billion euro Euro Medium Term Note (EMTN) Programme listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and in connection with its issue of a 4-year, 500 million euro bond in the Eurobond market. The arranging banks were BNP Paribas, Nordea Bank Danmark A/S and Royal Bank of Scotland plc.

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Sandvik launches 3 billion euro EMTN Programme

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised Sandvik in connection with a EUR 3,000,000,000 Euro Medium Term Note Programme that was listed for trade on the London Stock Exchange in February 2009. Mannheimer Swartling has also advised Sandvik AB in connection with the first issue under the Programme in late February 2009.

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Mannheimer Swartling active in rights issues by Trelleborg, SAS, Nordea and SEB

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has been advising on rights issues this year totaling more than SEK 50 billion. The firm has represented issuers and investors from both the public and private sector.

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Autoliv announces offerings to raise $350 million

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Autoliv has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling on matters concerning Swedish securities law and the Swedish securities market in connection with its offerings of common stock and equity units totalling $350 million. Autoliv plans to offer approximately $200 million in the form of common stock and $150 million in the form of equity units in underwritten public offerings in the U.S.

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Ericsson to divest its TEMS-branded products to Ascom

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Ericsson has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling in the sale of its TEMS-branded products business to Ascom. With the divestment of the TEMS-branded business, consisting of tools for air interface monitoring and radio network planning, Ericsson is refining its leading Professional Services portfolio to focus more purely on the services business. The purchase price is CHF 190 million, excluding net of assets and liabilities

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Fastighets AB Förvaltaren has sold properties to tenant-owners' associations

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Fastighets AB Förvaltaren has been assisted by Mannheimer Swartling in connection with the sale of seven properties with an aggregate value of SEK 713 million to tenant-owners' associations in the municipality of Sundbyberg. More divestments are scheduled to be finalized during the spring and summer.

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Merger of Kreab and Gavin Anderson

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has together with the US law firm Davis & Gilbert assisted the global communications group Omnicom Group Inc. (owner of Gavin Anderson) in the merger of the Kreab group and the Gavin Anderson group into Kreab Gavin Anderson, a worldwide specialist financial, corporate and public affairs communications firm. Mannheimer Swartling was primarily responsible for matters relating to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Belgium.

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The Swedish National Debt Office sells Carnegie and Max Matthiessen

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Mannheimer Swartling has advised the Swedish National Debt Office in its sale of Carnegie Investment Bank AB and Max Matthiessen Holding AB to Altor and Bure Equity AB.

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Swedish Match and Philip Morris International in Global Joint Venture

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Swedish Match AB (publ) has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling in its new global joint venture with NYSE-listed Philip Morris International.

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Ratos majority owner of DIAB

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

Ratos AB (publ) has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling in connection with an agreement to acquire up to an additional 48 % of the shares in its associate DIAB Group AB. The seller, 3i Holdings plc, is divesting its entire holding of 48 % of the shares in DIAB to Ratos and the company’s minority owners. Depending on the size of the offering subscribed by minority owners, Ratos’s holding in DIAB will amount to a total of between 91 and 96 % of the shares. The transaction value is appr. 400 MSEK.

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SL awards MTR Corporation the contract to operate the Stockholm metro

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

The Stockholm Public Transport Authority (Sw. Stockholms Lokaltrafik, “SL”) has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling in connection with the outsourcing/procurement of the Stockholm metro operations. SL’s board decided on 20 January to award the contract to the Hong Kong-based MTR Corporation. The estimated contract value is SEK 35 billion and includes, in addition to metro operations, rolling stock maintenance, station services, cleaning and snow removal.

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G & L Beijer acquires Carrier ARW

March 2010. Press Releases by Mannheimer Swartling (view listing).

G & L Beijer AB has been advised by Mannheimer Swartling in connection with the acquisition of Carrier Corporation’s refrigeration wholesale distribution operations in Europe and South Africa (“Carrier ARW”). The value of the transaction is approximately SEK 1,1 billion.

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Gibraltar Law firm ranked No1 in Chambers and Partners

March 2010. Press Releases by Hassans (view listing).

Hassans international law firm is once again delighted to be ranked No 1 in the independent directory, Chambers Global 2010. Its stand-alone position further strengthens the firms’ reputation, expertise and quality of service to clients.

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Elizabeth College students get a feel for the real world

March 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

Students from Elizabeth College will be getting the low down on careers in law, tax and accountancy, banking and investment, architecture, medical services and engineering from leading Guernsey professionals.

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White Rabbit overcomes light winds to win 2010 Carey Olsen Inter Island Race

March 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

Guernsey yacht White Rabbit, skippered by Laurie Watson, made the best of difficult conditions to win the 47th Inter Island Yacht Race, sponsored by Carey Olsen, finishing the race in a time of four hours and 29 minutes.

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Hengeler Mueller advises financing banks on Millipore takeover by Merck

March 2010. Press Releases by Hengeler Mueller (view listing).

On 28 Februar 2010, Merck KGaA, a global pharmaceutical and chemical company, and Millipore Corporation, a leading life science company based in Massachusetts/USA, announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Merck will acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of Millipore.

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Carey Olsen Trusts Seminar in association with New Square Chambers

March 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

The recent Alhamrani litigation in Jersey, which began in 2003, and in which Carey Olsen represented one of the trustee defendants, produced a series of judgments on a variety of topics ranging from the role of a protector to the way in which trust company directors can become liable for the company’s breach of trust.

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Opera star Katherine Jenkins comes to Guernsey

March 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

OPERATIC sensation, Katherine Jenkins will be helping to kick off Guernsey’s 65th Liberation Anniversary at a concert at Beau Sejour on Saturday 1st May.

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Lawyers do 80 for Haiti

March 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

Two lawyers from Carey Olsen took part in the Guernsey Velo Club’s ‘80 for Haiti’ fund raising event which saw close on 100 local riders completing either an 80 mile or an 80 kilometre course in Guernsey on Sunday 21st February to raise money to help those affected by the earthquake in the Caribbean.

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Lawyers advise on health and safety

February 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

MANAGING employee health, safety and stress was the hot topic at the latest Carey Olsen breakfast seminar.

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Local lawyer contributes to international guide

February 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

Carey Olsen advocate Mark Dunster has contributed to a key chapter in an international guide to money laundering law, demonstrating Guernsey’s expertise in this field to a global readership.

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Sarrau Thomas Couderc a conseillé Sofilab dans la cession de sa filiale Suturex & Renodex

February 2010. Press Releases by Sarrau Thomas Couderc (view listing).

Paris, le 25 février 2010. Le cabinet Sarrau Thomas Couderc a conseillé la holding Sofilab dans la cession de sa filiale Suturex & Renodex, spécialisée dans les aiguilles de haute qualité destinées à l’industrie médicale et chirurgicale, au groupe B Braun.

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Gibraltar makes an impact at Israel Wealth Conference

February 2010. Press Releases by Hassans (view listing).

Peter C Montegriffo and James Lasry, both partners at Hassans International Law firm were amongst many speakers at the Annual Family Office and Wealth Management Conference hosted in Tel Aviv, Israel this week.

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Chiomenti announces association and expansion in Hong Kong

February 2010. Press Releases by Chiomenti Studio Legale (view listing).

Chiomenti announces its exclusive association - subject to approval from the Law Society of Hong Kong - with CdB and JC & Co, a Hong Kong firm of  the partners Claudio de Bedin, Dominic Lee and Jason Carmichael. CdB and JC & Co and Chiomenti plan to subsequently merge, according to the Law Society of Hong Kong requirements.

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Advocate Rachel Eeles joins AFR Advocates

February 2010. Press Releases by AFR Advocates (view listing).

Advocate Rachel Eeles has joined AFR Advocates as a family and criminal lawyer. Rachel will work alongside Partner, Sara Mallett.

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Hassans Tax Seminar a Success

February 2010. Press Releases by Hassans (view listing).

Hassans International Law firm hosted the second in their series of tax seminars aimed at local financial services companies. James Lasry, partner and Head of the Funds Team at Hassans and Peter Young, Associate in the Funds Team were the speakers at the event, discussing taxation issues for collective investment schemes established in Gibraltar.

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Gernandt & Danielsson assists Pernod Ricard

February 2010. Press Releases by Gernandt & Danielsson Advokatbyrå (view listing).

Gernandt & Danielsson assists Pernod Ricard when Altia acquires wine and spirits portfolio from Pernod Ricard. Pernod Ricard sells a portfolio of wine brands such as Blossa glögg and Chill Out and well know classical Swedish and Danish spirits brands such as O.P. Anderson, Skåne Akvavit, Svenska Nubbar and Explorer to the Finnish wine and spirits group Altia. Altia is state owned. Through the transaction, Altia will acquire the brands as well as production and logistics centers in Sweden and Denmark for a consideration of SEK 835 million.

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M&A team of AstapovLawyers advised GreenCo

February 2010. Press Releases by Astapov Lawyers International Law Group (view listing).

Mr. Oleh Malskyy, head of AstapovLawyers M&A and corporate practice, together with its team and international structuring partner Ms. Oksana Kneychuk has advised leading national waste management company GreenCo on international restructuring and sale transaction.

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AstapovLawyers advises ThyssenKrupp Energostal S.A.

February 2010. Press Releases by Astapov Lawyers International Law Group (view listing).

International steel and technology leader ThyssenKrupp has engaged AstapovLawyers for a number of legal matters relating to its activities in Ukraine.

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AstapovLawyers advises Avery Dennison

February 2010. Press Releases by Astapov Lawyers International Law Group (view listing).

Mr. Oleh Malskyy, head of AstapovLawyers' M&A and corporate practice, together with its team has provided complex advice to Avery Denisson on debt recovery in Ukraine.

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Credit for businesses: a new association to help borrowers.

February 2010. Press Releases by Sarrau Thomas Couderc (view listing).

Credit for businesses: a new association to help borrowers. Chaired by Caroline Porcher Marquis, Finance partner, the goal of this professional association is to bring together players of the business credit market: banks and financial institutions, borrowing companies and consultants.

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Sarrau Thomas Couderc advised Air Liquide

February 2010. Press Releases by Sarrau Thomas Couderc (view listing).

Sarrau Thomas Couderc advised Air Liquide, European leader in home care services, in the context of the acquisition of DinnoSanté, company specialised in medical and technical services for patients suffering from diabetes.

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First Gibraltarian Chief Justice appointed

February 2010. Press Releases by ISOLAS (view listing).

Gibraltarian judge Anthony Dudley, 43, was yesterday formally appointed Chief Justice of Gibraltar. He is the first Gibraltarian to be appointed to that office on a non-acting basis.

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ISOLA Foundation Fund Raising

February 2010. Press Releases by ISOLAS (view listing).

The PJ Isola Foundation, established in 2006 in memory of Peter J. Isola with a view to raising funds for charity, has recently donated funds to a number of local charities.

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ROWAN LEGAL professional guarantor of the Public Procurement Conference

February 2010. Press Releases by ROWAN LEGAL Law Firm (view listing).

The agenda of the Public Procurement Conference held on January 27-28, 2010 in the Austria Trend Hotel in Bratislava included active contributions of the legal experts of ROWAN LEGAL, Law Firm.

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Mediation

February 2010. Press Releases by Hayes Solicitors (view listing).

Eugene Davy is a CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) accredited Mediator.

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Extra performance for opera singer Katherine Jenkins

February 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

GUERNSEY’S Liberation Generation now have the chance to win tickets to a second performance by operatic sensation Katherine Jenkins at Beau Sejour on Friday 30th April, to kick off the 65th Liberation Anniversary celebrations.

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Fund Industry Award for Hassans International Law Firm

February 2010. Press Releases by Hassans (view listing).

Hassans has been named “Best Gibraltar Law Firm” at the Fund Domicile Awards that took place at the Chesterfield Hotel in London on the 14th January 2010. This award is recognition of the prominence the firm plays in the fund industry in Gibraltar. The event, hosted by FundDomcile.com was well attended and followed a full days’ conference on the issues pertinent to the offshore fund industry.

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Sarrau Thomas Couderc a conseillé le Management de Spotless

February 2010. Press Releases by Sarrau Thomas Couderc (view listing).

Sarrau Thomas Couderc a conseillé le Management de Spotless dans le cadre du rachat de la structure par BC Partners et le Management

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Hi-Tech Companies Need “Green Channel”

February 2010. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Lawyers from the customs and foreign trade regulation practice of Pepeliaev Group, headed by Galina Balandina, are delighted to announce completion of a project entitled “Green Channel” for innovation companies. The assignment was ordered by the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO). The project proposes a “Green Channel” for innovation companies, which will help remove a number of customs barriers and thereby expand the foreign economic activities of Russian hi-tech companies and also enhance the international exchange of research data between scientific and research institutions.

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Best Transfer Pricing Team 2010

February 2010. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

According to the results of the voting at World Finance Awards 2010 organised by the World Finance magazine, lawyers from Pepeliaev Group have been awarded the title of best transfer pricing specialists. Our lawyers were also nominated as Russia’s best tax specialists in the Best Tax Practice category at the Tax and Accountancy Awards 2010.

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From now on the decision of a foreign court may be enforced in Russia:

February 2010. Press Releases by Pepeliaev Group (view listing).

Even if no special international treaty is in place.     Attorneys from Pepeliaev Group proved in the Moscow Region Arbitration Court that the decision of a foreign court should be recognised and enforced in the Russian Federation even if no special international treaty is in place. The Russian Supreme Arbitration Court upheld these conclusions in December. The relevant ruling was published on 14 December 2009 on the web site of the Russian Supreme Arbitration Court (Ruling No. VAS-13688/09 of the Russian Supreme Arbitration Court, dated 7 December 2009, on the refusal to transfer the case to the Presidium of the Russian Supreme Arbitration Court).

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